Fair Game (Original Motion Picture Score)
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||Kuala Lumpur||John Powell||1:40||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||The White House||John Powell||2:22||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Gathering Intel||John Powell||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Joe's Report||John Powell||3:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bruises||John Powell||1:37||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Smaky||John Powell||1:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Sixteen Words||John Powell||2:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Run Up to War||John Powell||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Change the Story||John Powell||3:07||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Uncomfortable Love||John Powell||6:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Breaking Point||John Powell||3:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ready to Fight||John Powell||2:55||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Testify||John Powell||4:32||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Director Doug Liman's Fair Game is the cinematic account of one of the biggest scandals of the George W. Bush administration, the Valerie Plame Affair. The screenplay is based on the book of the same name by Valerie Plame Wilson and on the book The Politics of Truth by her husband, Joseph Wilson, both concerning Plame Wilson's public outing as a CIA agent after Wilson disputed the Administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" as a justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. (Of course, it turned out that, as Wilson suggested, he did not.) Who outed Plame Wilson was a disputed matter, but eventually Scooter Libby, an assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury in connection with it. Liman's film is described as an "action thriller" depicting these events, and John Powell's score, while employing an orchestra, relies heavily on highly percussive sounds provided by guitarist Vivian Milanova, keyboard sampler Zac Rae, and especially drum and percussion sampler Joey Waronker. (There is also a credit to Beth Caucci as "sound programmer.") The strings are there in the music, but they are often in the background, with an echoey sound, adding accents to the throbbing bass and percussion sounds. This is a score full of disturbingly dark and low-pitched sounds, no doubt supporting the mystery and suspense of the story. At times, the music suggests a U2 song that hasn't quite gotten going yet, particularly the final track, "Testify," which sounds like it might turn into "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" any second.
John Powell, the great and powerful
The man that composed The Bourne series, Shrek, How to Train your Dragon, Green Zone, and much more has another great score for his fans (like me) to get a hold of. This man knows a lot of culture. His skills are inventive and adaptive. He's the Jason Bourne of music scores.
Born: September 18, 1964 in London, England
Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s
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